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THOMPSON SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK ANNOUNCES 2019 SCHEDULE CHANGES ON TAP WITH 10-RACE SLATE PLANNED

By Kyle Souza for Thompson Speedway

THOMPSON, Conn. – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park has revealed a 10-race schedule for the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series (NWAAS) season. Three added events to the oval schedule for the newest campaign are sure to give fans added excitement and opportunity at the Connecticut oval.

Terry Eames, Thompson’s newly appointed General Manager, put together the 10-race slate as the oval looks to spark further growth for the Whelen All American Series and give fans as many chances as possible to be at the track.

The 2019 calendar includes various touring divisions from across New England, staple special event dates including the Icebreaker and Sunoco World Series and standalone dates reserved for the stars of Thompson’s local classes to showcase their talent to dedicated fans.

Speaking of local divisions, Thompson is also proud to announce the addition of the Lite Modifieds to the NWAAS slate on a weekly basis. The Lite Modifieds will slide to Division III, dropping the Limited Sportsman to Division IV and the Mini Stocks to Division V. The Sunoco Modifieds will return as Division I and the Late Models are back as the Division II class.

All five classes of Thompson’s drivers will have the chance to earn NWAAS points towards both a track championship and the national titles in their respective divisions.

“We had a lot of questions about where we were going with the oval schedule for the 2019 season,” Eames said. “I concentrated a lot on the competitors, asking them for their input about what number of events would make them feel comfortable about committing to racing at Thompson regularly. Ten races seemed to fit for everyone well.”

After a March 23 Test & Tune for drivers to make sure they have all of the bolts tight, the season kicks-off in style April 6-7 with the 45th annual Icebreaker. The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour headlines the weekend with what will be their third race of the 2019 season — while Justin Bonsignore — who swept all four tour races at Thompson last season, looks to continue his streak. The NWAAS divisions will also begin their season with qualifying and feature action across the two days.

The first NWAAS standalone event of the season is slated for Sunday, May 19, with the Limited Sportsman division taking center stage for their annual long distance event. The Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Lite Modifieds and Mini Stocks will join the card and all active military and veterans with ID will be admitted free.

The Thompson 125 night for the Whelen Modified Tour moves up one week this season and the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Lite Modifieds, Limited Sportsman and Mini Stocks will join NASCAR’s modified stars for racing to kick-off the summer months. The rain date for this event is Thursday, June 6.

For the third straight year, NASCAR’s upcoming talent of the K&N Pro Series East return to Connecticut on Saturday, June 15 for a 100-lap event. New this year, the ACT Tour, one of the top Late Model touring divisions in Canada and the United States, will run for 75 laps that night. The Whelen All American Series divisions are also on tap for what is sure to be an action packed night of racing.

The middle of the summer will give Thompson’s fans a chance to see the stars and cars of the Whelen All American Series by themselves on the track. On June 30, July 21 and August 4, the Sunoco Modifieds, Late Models, Limited Sportsman, Lite Modifieds and Mini Stocks will take center stage as their championship battles heat up on Sunday afternoons.

“While connecting with the competitors about the schedule, I ran into a lot of people who asked if I had thought about bringing the Lite Modifieds in on a weekly basis,” Eames mentioned. “I’m fond of the Lite Modifieds because there are a lot of success stories for upcoming talent in a place where we can showcase the youth in Connecticut racing. Drivers have been known to perfect their talent in this division, and now, someone can run a multiple-track Lite Modified program and build points towards the NASCAR standings.”

In the middle of August, Budweiser returns as the primary sponsor of the 30th annual Bud “King of Beers” 150 for the Whelen Modified Tour, their third of four appearances. The NEMA Midgets will hit the high-banks as well, along with the NWAAS classes.

With great success in its past, the Sunoco Modified 20/20 sprint returns for three segments on For the Fans Day at the track on Sunday, September 8. The modified standouts will share the track with their fellow NWAAS divisions.

And, as Thompson does each season, the racing concludes with a three-day spectacular as part of the 57th annual Sunoco World Series of Speedway Racing. The 2019 event will run from Friday, October 11, through Sunday, October 13, and will cumulate with the crowning of various champions from across New England, and the crowning of Thompson’s NASCAR Whelen All American Series champions.

Fans can see the entire schedule that includes pricing breakdown for each event in the grandstands and pit area on www.thompsonspeedway.com, and are encouraged to follow the track on social media for the latest updates throughout the offseason.

QUICK VIEW: 2019 Thompson Schedule of Events

Saturday, March 23: Test & Tune (All Safe Race Cars Welcome)

April 5: Icebreaker Test & Tune (Cars on track 2-5pm)

April 6-7: 45th annual Icebreaker weekend (Rain date April 13-14)

May 19: Limited Sportsman Long Distance & Active Military & Veterans

June 5: NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Thompson 125 + NWAAS

June 14: K&N Pro Series East & NWAAS Test & Tune

June 15: NASCAR K&N Pro East 100 & ACT Tour 75 + NWAAS

June 30: NWAAS Racing

July 21: NWAAS Racing

August 4: NWAAS Racing

August 14: NASCAR Modified Tour Bud “King of Beers” 150 + NEMA & NWAAS

September 8: Sunoco Mod 20/20 & For The Fans Night

October 11-13: 57th annual Sunoco World Series (Rain Date: October 18-20)

Speedbowl announces 2019 schedules

WATERFORD — An ambitious 2019 schedule that begins May 11-12 and includes 22 Saturday night events and 14 Wednesday night events has been announced by New London-Waterford Speedbowl General Manager Mike Serluca.
“We have worked hard to give the fans an exciting schedule that offers something different every week,” Serluca said. “Our weekly divisions remain the backbone of the Speedbowl. Throw in some great special events and some spectacular touring series and the Speedbowl will definitely be the place to be for great entertainment every Wednesday and Saturday. This schedule has something for everyone.”
At the top of the list is the second annual Full Fendered Throwdown, presented by Belltown Tire Center of East Hampton. “This was one of our most popular events from last year,” Serluca said. “We are happy to bring it back in 2019 bigger and better than ever.”
The fastest night of the year returns Aug. 17 with “Wings ‘n’ Wheels,” featuring the Valenti Racing Series, the 350 Super Mods, the NEMA Midgets, NEMA Lights, the SK Modifieds and SK Lights.
The brand new American Modified Tour will make three trips to the Speedbowl on June 8, Sept. 7 and Oct. 20 . The Valenti Series, now in its 16th year, will be in town to help open the season on May 11-12 in addition to its annual visit on Wings n Wheels. “We also are happy to bring back some of the most popular events from past seasons,” Serluca said. “The Speedbowl is all about tradition and we are happy to keep those traditions alive.”
Those special events include Military Appreciation Night on May 18, Youth Sports Night on June 1, the Waterford 300 on July 6, Scout Night on July 20, Nostalgia Night on July 27 and the Bubby Brouwer Memorial on 14.
The popular Hometown Nights are also returning to the schedule. On Jun 22, fans who reside in towns that sstart with the letter A-to-M will be admitted to the grandstand  for half price. In June 39, fans who live in towns beginning with the letters N to Z will receive half price grandstand admission.
It all starts on May 11 and 12 for the two-day Budweiser Blastoff. The Valenti Racing Series, the American Three-Quarter Midget Racing Association, NEMA, the NEMA Lights, CT Pro 4 Modifieds and the Exit Realty Pro375 Sportsman Series will be staging features on May 11.
Taking over the stage on May 12 will be a 69-lap SK Modified feature, the SK Lights, the Sportsman, the Mini Stocks. the Speedbowl Trucks and Late Models. “That will be a great way to start the season, but it doesn’t stop there,” Serluca said “Every week we will offer the best in short track racing.”
The season will wrap up Oct. 18-20 with the Speedbowl Championship Chiller. Friday, Oct. 19, is set aside for practice. Features for the Speedbowl Trucks, Three Quarter Midgets, CT Pro 4 Modifieds, Granite State Pro Stock Series, NEMA, MEMA Lights, Exit Realty Pro Trucks and Exit Reality 375 Sportsman will take place Saturday Sept. 19.
Then on the final day of the season, the SK Modifieds will be featured for a 70 lap shootout. They will be joined by the American Modified Tour, the Sportsman, Mini Stocks and Late Models.
“And we still may be adding more attractions to the schedule,” Serluca said. “It all adds up to a great Saturday season at the ‘Bowl.”
Wild ‘n’ Wacky Wednesday kicks off its 2019 season on May 22 and will continue until Sept. 4. All weekly shows will include the Legends, the Super-X Cars, the X-Cars and the Bandoleros.
There will be special divisions and special events during the season, including extra distance races for the X-Cars (June 26) the Super-X Cars (July 10), the Legends (July 31) and the Bandoleros (Aug. 7).
“Wednesday is a great night to come to the Speedbowl and have some fun,” Serluca said. “Our Wednesday competitors know how to race hard and entertain. There is no mid-week division in New England that gives you as much action for your money as Wild ‘n’ Wacky Wednesday.”

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Returns to Oswego on Bud Classic Weekend Saturday, August 31

Photo: Michael Jaworecki Myracenews

OSWEGO, NY (November 28, 2018) – The stars and cars of NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tour will again converge at the Oswego Speedway for a fourth consecutive season with the running of the Toyota Mod Classic 150 on Saturday, August 31, 2019.

Since the tour’s return to Oswego for the first time since 1989, three different drivers including two first time winners have visited victory lane at the fast 5/8th’s mile including a familiar face in 11-time Oswego Modified winner Matt Hirschman.

This past September, the halfway break used in 2017 was eliminated from the race which allowed the return of live pit stops and that certainly spiced up the action as pit stops lead to an exciting battle to the finish between Hirschman, Justin Bonsignore and Ryan Preece.

After putting on a spectacular show driving through the field, Preece, the defending race winner, experienced a parts failure on the No. 6 with just a handful of laps remaining and that resulted in a spectacular crash down the front straightaway.

Hirschman was able to hold off all challenges from a red hot Bonsignore to go on to collect the $12,000 paycheck, and a win at Oswego for the third year in a row.

Doug Coby, who won the Mod Classic 150 in 2016, finished third in the 2018 running ahead of Woody Pitkat and Eric Goodale in the top five. Matt Swanson was sixth, followed by Patrick Emerling, Timmy Solomito, Blake Barney and Tommy Catalano in the top ten.

The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will embark on a 16 race championship slate this coming season beginning at South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach Speedway on Saturday, March 16.

Following the opener, the Modifieds will then trek back north for the tour’s return to South Boston Speedway before stops at familiar venues of Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park and Stafford Motor Speedway in April.

On May 18, NASCAR will be back at Wall Stadium Speedway in New Jersey for the first time in over a decade.

The month of June will bring familiar stops at Seekonk Speedway and again at Thompson before the traditional All Star race is held as part of a two day show at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July.

Another stop at both Stafford and Thompson will take place at the beginning of August before the tour then readies for the Steel Palace on August 31.

In 2018, 25 Modifieds showed at Oswego for the 150 which is the highest car count since the inception of the race three seasons earlier.

The event will again pay $12,000 to win this coming season. It is anticipated that the 150 will also return to national television via NBC Sports coverage.

For more information on the 2019 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, please visit Hometracks.NASCAR.com.

Full time schedules, grandstand pricing, and more as part of Oswego Speedway’s 2019 schedule will be announced soon.

For those wishing to renew Classic or season ticket packages, you will have until Saturday, May 1 to contact Paul at oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

Those who need to renew their Classic Weekend camping spaces have until Monday, December 31. You can also do this by sending the track an email at oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

Driver registration will be open to Oswego’s Novelis Supermodified, Pathfinder Bank SBS and 350 Supermodified teams beginning on Monday, December 3.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.